Athletics Gets Underway at YoF Middle School

Athletics Gets Underway at YoF Middle School
Posted on 02/11/2021
Athletics Gets Underway at YoF Middle School

It took over 5 months, but the MS Falcons finally took to the floor at the ES Falcons Nest this past week as the 8th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball Teams began tryouts for the 2020-21 season. It marks the first time the Falcon Middle Schoolers have been cleared to return to athletic training since COVID-19 cancelled the seasons last March, and the next few weeks will see basketball return for the 7th and 6th Grade student-athletes as well.

The challenges of training during a pandemic have prevented the MS teams from training until now. But due to updated guidelines recently issued by the NY State Governor’s Office and with the approval of the YoF Medical Advisory Committee, the Athletic Department got the “go-ahead” to get the season underway.

Under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Sarah Horowitz and Head Coach Mike Gelber respectively, initial tryouts took place for the 8th Grade Girls on Tuesday 2/9/21 and the 8th Grade Boys on Thursday 2/11/21. In each case, students tried out with their designated cohorts, one after the other, with the next cohort entering the gym only after the previous cohort had completed their session and exited the gym. Of course, all student-athletes along with their coaches were fully masked the entire time.

While there is no guarantee that the MS teams will be able to play any games, the hope is that the situation will improve by Spring, and that the teams will be able to play against other schools even if games are restricted to outdoor venues only. Nevertheless, the students were eager and excited to take the floor and show the coaches that they are worthy of one of the valued roster spots on the respective teams.

Tryouts will continue next week. In addition to the second round of tryouts for the 8rh Graders, the process will begin for the 7th Grade Boys and Girls, too. The 7th Grade Boys will start on Tuesday 2/16 and the 7th Grade Girls will try out on Thursday 2/18.

The excitement is palpable - GO FALCONS!!!

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